When WWE announced Angle as Reigns' replacement, it left many surprised. The 48-year-old Olympic gold medalist was away from WWE ring competition for 11 years and recently underwent numerous surgeries (including neck and spinal) leaving many to think a return would never happen. Nonetheless, he donned the boots to help The Shield pull off a seemingly impossible victory by pinning The Miz in a five-on-three handicapped match.
With many wondering how Angle and the WWE prepared so quickly to have him replace Reigns, Mike Johnson from PWInsider.com gave details on how it was set up. It's been reported that Vince McMahon was the one who suggested that Angle compete in the ring.
Also, Angle was checked and medically cleared before he returned to the company in April and was also given another look by doctors on Friday to confirm that he was good to go. The announcement soon followed that he would replace Reigns in the TLC match.
Johnson also added that "Angle being in the ring was just a one-time attraction, but obviously the door is wide open for more going forward."
Long before he officially came back to WWE, rumors swirled regarding an Angle would return for one more match. The rumors heated up when Angle announced he spoke to Triple H and would return eventually.
Angle has been a huge success as Raw GM since taking the role in April. With his comedic promos, strong emotions and excellent microphone work, Angle's return has been much better than others in recent memory. Oh, it's true, it's damn true.
His return to the ring was a major success. Now, we just wait and see if he has (at least) one more match in him.